Middlemarch (version 2)
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recording of Middlemarch (version 2) by George Eliot.
Read in English by Margaret Espaillat
Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life is a novel by George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, later Marian Evans. It is her seventh novel, begun in 1869 and then put aside during the final illness of Thornton Lewes, the son of her companion George Henry Lewes. During the following year Eliot resumed work, fusing together several stories into a coherent whole, and during 1871–72 the novel appeared in serial form. The first one-volume edition was published in 1874, and attracted large sales. Subtitled "A Study of Provincial Life," the novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during the period 1830–32. It has multiple plots with a large cast of characters, and in addition to its distinct though interlocking narratives it pursues a number of underlying themes, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism and self-interest, religion and hypocrisy, political reform, and education. The pace is leisurely, the tone is mildly didactic (with an authorial voice that occasionally bursts through the narrative), and the canvas is very broad. (Summary by Wikipedia)
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May 11, 2016
Margaret Espaillat is one of the best readers
Middlemarch is so languorous, broad, dense i don't think i could listen more than ten chapters if a male read it. Silas Marner and Adam Bede are easier to listen to or read, at least for me. Im a little past half way point and i hope things start moving a little more dramatic. Eliot does have a tendency to use too many adjectives, presumably acting like an expert in human nature, and all her philosophical axioms. I've communicated with several authors and they all seem to conclude their characters almost have a mind of their own. but i suppose that is post modernism. I find Hardy does a better job of his characters directing there own thoughts and actions. i know it sounds a bit strange, but i have not the right words to describe it.
Please, More female readers for Librivox!!! As i have commented before it seems there is a group of american males who dominate the reading of the latest recordings released for about a year or so.
yes, i know, i know like most of us who listen to librivox could never afford to read or listen to books which are pay to listen. apologies if i've offended some american male readers. perhaps its just me, but it would be great to do a poll of librivox readers on who, what, where, how, etc they like about librivox.
chapter 15 "i don't like husbands" comic dark humor
chapter 14: proprietary quack medications, bleeding, etc vs albeit not advanced as today, legitimate medical practice. although today some herbals like echinacea, maitake mushroom, cannabis, and some others have been concluded to lesser and greater degrees, positive by scientific studies.
up to chapter 67. the banker boulstrode(sp?)is really the most despicable, twisted, calvanist character. Raffles seems a nice man in comparison. save the decent good Garth family and Fred Vincy who love the daughter of decent Mr. Garth, and Will Ladislaw..... crikey! the rest of these characters need psychoanalyst ! what a bunch of screwballs, one of the root cause of their psychological morbidity being gossip and "for appearances sake". Dorethia's old curmudgeon "scholar" old husband dieing and making a nasty will, and her sister Celia is such a Pollyanna, airhead thus insensitive to those who need serious comforting.
imho the Garth family and Will Ladislaw were my favorite characters and the most decent.
as always thanks volunteers, librivox and Internet Archive.
August 15, 2014
I like to listen to these long novels on librivox and sometimes an american or canadian accent can make a difference to an english novel but the readers accent makes no difference,she reads with confidence and understanding